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Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar  

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Overview
  • 6-string
  • Dreadnought design
  • Whitewood body
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $129.99
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    - $70.00
  • Your Price:
    $5999
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A great introductory acoustic, priced for anyone to afford.

From Rogue comes this amazing deal in the RA-90 dreadnought acoustic guitar. The Rogue guitar is an ideal instrument for the beginner, or young musician. The body depth and width bring out balanced tone and plenty of projection to be heard from across the room.

This ultra-affordable dreadnought acoustic guitar features a whitewood body, which brings out lots of mid-range punch. The nato neck adds sustain without losing any strength in tone. The rosewood bridge and fretboard add clarity to each note, and a striking look to the front of the guitar. The RA-090's C-shape neck, 1-2/3" nut width, and 16" radius help with intricate fretboard movements when running up and down the 20 frets. The RA-90 also features nickel hardware and covered tuners. This Rogue acoustic guitar will certainly get the job done, at a price that anybody can afford.

Case sold separately

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

Features
  • 6-string
  • Dreadnought design
  • Whitewood body
  • 25-3/8" scale length
  • Nato neck
  • Rosewood bridge and fretboard
  • C-shape neck
  • 20 frets (14 open)
  • 1-2/3" nut width
  • 16" radius
  • Covered tuners
  • Nickel hardware
  • Case sold separately

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RogueRA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 223 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (158)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (51)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (99)
  • Good feel (99)
  • Good audio (94)
  • Stays in tune (72)
  • Consistent (61)

Cons

  • Requires constant tuning (14)
  • Poor quality (7)
  • Flat sound (5)
  • Not consistent (4)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (112)
  • Jamming (71)
  • Small venues (33)
  • Recording (20)
  • School bands (18)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (64), Novice (61), Professional musician (18)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Can this price buy a usable guitar?

Everything about this guitar is cheap and lightweight....except its tone and playability. That's saying a lot for a bottom-of-the-market offering. Some background: ROGUE "Fine Instruments" are a generic...Read complete review

Everything about this guitar is cheap and lightweight....except its tone and playability. That's saying a lot for a bottom-of-the-market offering. Some background: ROGUE "Fine Instruments" are a generic housebrand. These guitars generally sell to the entry levelers because they are priced attractively. The instruments are contracted to Chinese (and Korean) manufacturing entities such as Samick and Daewon instrument corporations for design and assembly. This dreadnaught model originates from a China factory, as do so many other name brand instruments. How they can cover costs and profit margins from halfway round the globe for this price is a mystery to me, but nonetheless a bonus for the underfinanced customer.

Regarding this instrument: I have a fairly large collection of stringed instruments and merely bought the RA-090 to use up a soon-to-expire credit coupon. Curiosity about what a low priced guitar would sound and play like drove my purchase more than anything else. It was received double-boxed and in good (new) condition. The strings were slacked about 3-haltones to reduce shipment stress and wrapped in oiled paper. A chromed allen wrench was included for truss rod adjustment. This was not needed as the neck was straight and I detected no fret buzz once tuned to proper pitch. Sight down the neck and note that the brassy fret wires are quite even. There is just a slight hint of edgy-ness to the fret ends, but fine, really.

I measured the body, neck, headstock, and bridge dimensions against my Martin D-28: almost identical. Heck, the bridge, the headstock shape, and the pickguard look almost exactly like Martin's. The Rogue weighs several ounces less though and sports a single full sheet of (birch?) plywood for its top. Probably the same for the back and sides which are concealed by a piano-black coat of laquer paint. The outer finish is polyurethane, glossy but thinner than usual. There are no edge bindings anywhere, no ivoroid heel caps, no sound hole or seam marquetry. There are also no noticeable glue globs, bridge-to-top gaps, or generally nasty finish details to chastise. I rather like the soundhole surround decal - sort of a Greek urn style roping, gold over black to match the finish colors and wires. The tuners are unmarked Schaller-ish clones, but they are decently chromed and held tuning after the strings stretched a bit. The headstock nut is robust and cleanly cut. Nicely polished and rounded edges. The saddle nut is similar material with no discernable compensation chamfers. Surprising accurate intonation when checked at the twelfth (bit of sharpness in the B and high E).

Playing the guitar was a surprise. I expected high action, dull or wooden tone, and bad intonation. Instead I found reasonably low action (could be a smidge lower, but not bad) and a pleasant overall string tone with nice ringing treble notes. The midrange and lower notes are slightly muddy, but benefit from the dreadnaught size. Fingerstyle and picking both work pretty well with it. Hard strumming with a heavy pick might reveal its weaknesses, but I just don't go there. The brassy looking strings have a comfortable softness to them. I think the tone secret with this cheapie lies in its light, light construction. The design eschews the usual additional layer of spruce top veneer and back and side mahogany veneers which tend to damp other entry grade non-solid wood guitars. It has a perfectly reasonable neck shape (probably because it copies Martin's shapes) and string spacing. Dot position markers are traditional but well executed. The fingerboard (if it is rosewood) has been stained like the bridge to resemble black ebony. All the blackings probably hide various flaws in the wood surfaces, but they can't hide bad tone. I won't say this guitar has great tone, but it does have pretty darn GOOD tone. Perhaps as a happy accident of its lightness and cheapness.

If you need a starter product to test the waters with without really committing to guitar investment, this is probably as cheap and good as its gonna get. If you're flying off on a business trip across the States and can't trust the fate of your precious American made flattop, you can ship one of these suckers (now free!) to your destination just ahead of you. It's a weird consumer world we're living in these days. Enjoy the options while they last. And on the other spectrum, save up for and support our American made products when the time is right. A fine Gibson, Martin, or Taylor are worthy investments in their own right and far beyond the tonal reaches of these starter-outers.
Everything you need, but nothing more.
Middling for guitars in general, but pretty darn good for this price point, and the criticism is focused more on the quality of materials rather than how it's put together.
I could have gone with 8 or 10, but only time will tell if it holds up.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice little beginer guitar. Poor quality control at the factory

I purchased the Rouge C90 acoustic guitar. The guitar has a very full sound for it's size. Right out of the box the action was good. I was dissapointed that there were 2...Read complete review

I purchased the Rouge C90 acoustic guitar. The guitar has a very full sound for it's size. Right out of the box the action was good. I was dissapointed that there were 2 spots on the guitar that were smudged when it was painted. ( I ordered the black gloss finish.) One spot was next to the sound hole rossette, and the other was to the upper left of the bridge wood mounting. I bought the guitar as a gift for someone so It was embarasing when I opened it up in front of her and we both saw the smudge marks. The sound and ease of play were ok though. I wouldn't order this guitar again. No quality control I guess at the factory.
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5.0

Don't judge a book by its cover

By NK

from NJ

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel

Cons

  • Requires Constant Tuning

Best Uses

  • Practicing

Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I was hesitant to buy a cheaper priced guitar, but bought it seeing the positive reviews. Glad I bought it. I am basic beginner never held a guitar and wanted to try out a cheaper product before investing too much money and this product is worth it. I showed this to my friend who is experienced and he said its good quality product. Just needs constant tuning. So it is definitely worth the price. Not recommended for experienced, excellent for beginners.

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5.0

Better than I thought!

By NicoleXO

from High Desert, Ca

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    I am teaching my boyfriend how to play guitar. I have two of my own, a Fender acoustic electric & a Johnson acoustic. His birthday was coming up & I thought it would be a great gift. So after browsing on this website & reading reviews, I went with this one. I am very happy I choose this. He was super happy, too! For the price, I was thinking it would be an okay guitar. But it definitely exceeded my expectations. The package got here on his birthday (: Thank you MusiciansFriend

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    4.0

    Great for the price

    By darkhorse909

    from Alabama

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Plays Good Sounds Good
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

    • Sharp Burrs On Frets Edge

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    Great for the price. Bought several for my students most are really good but some have sharp burrs on the edge of the frets. Other than that I have no complaints.

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    4.0

    For cheap guitar it plays well

    By Alfunso

    from Brick, NJ

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Plays well

    Cons

    • Plywood Construction

    Best Uses

    • Beach
    • Beach Guitar
    • Camping
    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    Great for the price. Why take your expensive guitar camping or to the beach, this will do the job and it was very playable right out of the box and the is not bad for the price. So if your looking for that knock around guitar, this is a deal and you can't go wrong!

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    4.0

    Works for me and my Daughter

    By scurran007

    from PA

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound

    Cons

    • Requires Constant Tuning

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    Works great! I am using both for practice...My daughter and I have no issues, as long as you tune every session ( which you should anyway!)

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    4.0

    The best guitar for the price

    By stringbender31

    from Michigan

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

    • Flaws In Finish
    • Strong Odor

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    I bought this for using around the house & to get my kids interested in something other than video games. (4 kids all under age 12). I was skeptical because of the price, but after reading reviews here, decided to go for it. I am not disappointed. It has a crisp top end and a decent low end, albeit a little muddy. It suits it's purpose just fine for me, especially for the money spent. The kids love it and can't seem to put it down, which is exactly what I wanted. Like others have noted, there is a strong odor that seems to go away after a few days, and my sunburst finish does have some flaws. Two spots on the front looks as if the wood may have had grease or dirt on it when the finish was applied, and was clear-coated over. However, the rest of the guitar is fine. I will add that the black paint(?) used on the fretboard did leave stains on my fingers when I played it for the first time, but I haven't had that problem again. Overall, a great value for a well made, good sounding guitar.

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    5.0

    GREAT GUITAR

    By CTROCK

    from Houston, TX

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      great good guitar for the money.

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      5.0

      AWESOME

      By shredder in the making

      from sacramento

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Fast delivery
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Great Price
      • Rich Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        I could not believe the guitar I got and for such a great price!

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        3.0

        Ehh

        By Dk415

        from VA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Not Afraid Of Breaking

        Cons

        • Poor Construction

        Best Uses

        • Hanging Out With Friends
        • Traveling

        Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        You get what you pay for.. When you hold the guitar for the first time you can feel that it is made out of cheap material.

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        very nice and baic guitar

        By big ben

        from stuart,florida

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

          I have played guitars, ukes and strumsticks for 35 years I love simple strings instruments , I take my strings everywhere , camping, fishing, hiking , hunting , and at work too , helps relax the emergency room and flight staff , so good

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